Digest for 08-09-14


Fall softball at Monroe-Ryburn Field

Registration for the American Eastern League Softball fall season is now open. Girls ages 8-18 are invited to play. Deadline for sign ups is Aug. 16. For more information, please call manager Dedrick Cross at 575-3480 to sign up. The cost is $20 for league players and $30 for new.

Tryout and hitting camp at OBU

Coast to Coast Baseball is inviting players ages 14-18 to its tryout event at 10 a.m. Sunday at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

The tryout will evaluate hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed. Since 2001, more than 3,000 athletes from 46 different states have participated in Coast to Coast Baseball. Players accepted to the program will join college coaches and pro scouts at the $28 million Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida, for games and instruction.

A hitting camp follows the tryout.

For more information, visit CoastToCoastAthletics.com or call 740-373-4455.

LOCAL

Cobbs earns SWAC honor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Alyssa Cobbs was named to the Preseason Second Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference, announced Friday by the conference.

Cobbs, a junior goalkeepers from Ellenwood, Georgia, finished last season with 206 saves as she saw action in 21 games, averaging 3.6 goals per game.

As a team, the Lady Lions were predicted to finish ninth as they tallied 60 points in the voting.

The Lady Lions will open the season on Aug. 23 against Chicago State at UAPB Soccer Field at 6 p.m.

Hunter strikes out three times in win

TORNTO — After suffering an injury to his left hand, Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter returned to action Friday night but struck out three times as the Detroit Tigers defeated Toronto 5-4 thanks to three runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Hunter finished 1 for 4 but it was Ian Kinsler who led the way with three hits and two RBIs.

REGIONAL

Alcorn State’s Hopson signed to extension

LORMAN, Miss. — Jay Hopson, the first non-black head football coach in SWAC history, signed a contract extension with Alcorn State, the school announced Friday.

Hopson signed a three-year extension through the 2016 season. Under his watch, the Braves have gone 13-10 the past two seasons, including a 9-3 mark last year, the most wins for Alcorn State since 1974.

“This is truly an honor,” Hopson said in a school press release. “We have a lot of work that we have to do in order to bring this school a championship. My coaches and I plan to put in our best effort to get our players in championship form.”

Chargers rout Cowboys

SAN DIEGO — The Dallas Cowboys’ biggest weakness heading into the 2014 NFL season is on the defensive side of the ball.

That area was a problem in 2013, and it remained a problem in the Cowboys’ 27-7 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.

Dallas lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency and then saw middle linebacker Sean Lee suffer a season-ending knee injury. Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys’ first-year defensive coordinator, is in charge of trying to improve that side of the ball.

The Chargers, who went 9-7 last season before losing to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, racked up 395 yards of total offense on Thursday.